Sewing needles in the brain: infanticide attempts or accidental insertion?

Luca Massimi, Angelo Pompucci, Carmelo Lucio Sturiale, Annunziato Mangiola, Romeo Roselli, Carmelo Anile

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Placing of sewing needles in the brain through the anterior fontanelle was first described in Germany in 1914. Forty cases have been reported in the scientific literature; most of them were identified in Turkey and Iran, with only a few cases in the Far East, North and Eastern Europe, and the United States. The only case observed in Italy was recorded in 1987. In nonmedical literature, this practice was frequently described in Persian novels, and it has been thought that this ritual could have been diffused with the Persian Empire domination over the centuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E1170-E1179; discussion E1179
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Accidents
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Disease Progression
  • Foreign Bodies
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings
  • Infant
  • Infanticide
  • Needles
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


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